Heidi Klum named fourth and newest judge on 'America's Got Talent'by jmaloni
Klum joining with Mel B, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern marks first time that top-rated summer series has featured four judges
NBC announced that supermodel/designer/executive producer/TV host Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") has been added as a new judge on "America's Got Talent" - marking the first time that the top-rated summer series has added a fourth judge. Klum will join fellow incoming judge Mel B as well as returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern beginning this summer.
The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC.
"Heidi has an amazing career across multiple media platforms, and has built a brand that is a force in the entertainment business," he said. "She has achieved superstardom while balancing being a businesswoman and hard-working mom, bringing a huge amount of experience, discernment and taste to the panel. As we look to develop an act that will get the world's attention, we and the contestants will benefit from Heidi's international sensibility and understanding of what works in today's global entertainment industry."
"America's got some serious talent! I'm really excited to join the panel of 'AGT' to see it all - from the ridiculous to the fantastic!" Klum said. "I love the surprise element of the show and not knowing what we'll see next and who will wow us. I'm also looking forward to spending time with my fellow judges - Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Mel B!"
Klum is a major star in the fashion and entertainment world. She established herself as a top model, making great impact for such clients as Victoria's Secret and appearing on the covers of pop-culture mainstays, including the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Klum is the host and executive producer of the eight-time Emmy Award-nominated "Project Runway." Klum also hosts Germany's "Next Top Model," which has been a runaway hit in that country. Her other ventures include maternity lines for A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity, a jewelry collection for QVC called Wildlife by Heidi Klum, an active wear collection for New Balance, a collection for Babies "R" Us called Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum, and campaigns for Ann Taylor, Dannon and Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy. She has also launched Heidi Klum on AOL, a channel for women to find information on every topic.
Klum's modeling career began in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach in Germany, when she won a national model search. She has since worked with many of the world's top-fashion photographers, including Sante D'Orazio, Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Rankin, Matthew Ralston, Arthur Elgort, Walter Chin, Robert Erdmann, Marco Glaviano, Michael Thompson, Raymond Meier, Richard Burbridge, Mark Seliger, Wayne Mazur, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel.
She has been featured in all of the top magazines, appeared in feature films and television series, and sat down with more than 100 talk shows.
As a testament to Klum's place in pop culture, Mattel created a Barbie in her likeness. She is also featured in the iconic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Berlin.
Klum's charity involvements include work on behalf of such organizations as The Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the American Red Cross (as part of its Celebrity Cabinet), Worldwide Orphans Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and she was the spokeswoman for the Red Dress/Heart Health initiative for four years. Klum also appears in a PSA for the Entertainment Industry Foundation's "Stand Up to Cancer" program and served as the 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ambassador.
With the talent search open to acts of all ages, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing performers from across the country. The series features a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts - and the $1 million prize.